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Product Details

  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Design; Reprint edition (March 6, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062119389
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062119384
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 0.6 x 12 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #652,797 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

When James Cameron’s film Titanic first sailed across the silver screen in 1997, audiences were amazed by its groundbreaking visual effects, cinematography, and heart-wrenching love story. Now, nearly fifteen years later, Titanic has remained one of the most critically acclaimed and highest-grossing motion picture epics of all time, becoming a cultural phenomenon.

In this updated edition of the New York Times bestseller, discover everything you’ve always wanted to know about Titanic, from the actual construction of the “ship of dreams” to the casting of Jack and Rose, one of the most memorable film couples in Hollywood history. Featuring an in-depth new foreword by James Cameron that details the personal impact Titanic had on his life and career as a filmmaker and never-before-seen photographs—plus a removable, double-sided poster—this collector’s edition is the ultimate behind-the-scenes look at one of the most beloved movies of all time.

About the Author

James Cameron’s attention to realism and detail is legendary. Celebrated for such uncompromising action-adventure films as The Terminator, Aliens, True Lies, and Avatar, the writer-director actually vowed not to make Titanic unless he could successfully dive to the wreck himself and bring back motion picture footage for use in the film. Representing years of Cameron’s passion and dedication, Titanic is one of the filmmaker’s most ambitious films.

Ed W. Marsh is an independent filmmaker and writer whose behind-the-scene credits include Independence Day, Terminator 2: Judgment Day, Stargate, Godzilla, and The Abyss. A professed “titanophile,” Marsh began documenting this project months before principle photography began.

Douglas Kirkland has spent more than thirty years intimately documenting the lives and happenings of Hollywood in pictures. His award-winning coverage is unique for its “you are there” presence and provides a sensitive in-depth look at the cast, crew, costumes, sets, special effects, and more.


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In one word: AMAZING!
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I love this book, and recommend it to anyone who is a fan of the incredible movie.
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It is a very good book and it includes very useful information about titanic!!
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Meesha on March 11, 2012
Format: Paperback
Yes, you do already have this book, if you're looking at your 1997 edition in confusion. The cover's all fancy and lenticular, but if you look deep beneath the cover, you will discover, not much has changed and it's a not-so-cheap cash in. You don't already have the 1997 book? Go ahead and buy this one, it is worth your money.

So why do I now have two editions of what is essentially the same book? Because I'm a sucker for anything Titanic and books, which some people say is boring. I walked into work one day to get shown this, but it was cheaper on Amazon. So I went home and accidentally clicked order, sucked in by the 30 extra pages that the website proudly displayed.

On comparison with the previous edition, the new cover is better. And it's lenticular! Once you discover lenticular doesn't mean it actually DOES anything, yes, the shine does come off it a little bit. On a quick flick through, the reader is visually assaulted by the sumptuous, gorgeous photos included within glossy pages, including a particularly stunning one of Kate Winslet - man is her skin FLAWLESS. Also note the frequency that James Cameron appears in the photos - master of all trades who not only wrote, directed and edited the film but wasn't afraid to get down and dirty (and wet) during filming, judging by the photos. The foreword that he wrote for the previous book is also here, updated so it reads like a brand new foreword.

Also included are brand new mini-chapters: Building the Ship, Bringing History to Life, Filming the Sinking, The Phenomenon, and Academy Awards. After you've read those, don't be fooled. Because after a side to side comparison with my Dad holding the old edition and me with the new one, we discovered there was nothing new about the following chapters.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Corey A. Balazowich VINE VOICE on April 3, 2012
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I'm a pretty big Titanic movie fan so even though I knew that most of the book was the same I couldn't resist the temptation to see the new pictures along with the new information. I eagerly awaited its arrival and as soon as I got it I pulled out my original copy of James Cameron's Titanic and compared the two.

Old Vs New

Cover
Old: Titanic poster
New: 3D "flying" scene image

Foreword
Old: Written by James Cameron as a companion to the book
New: Written by James Cameron in 2011, with all new images and a bit more reflection on the movie. About the same length as the original.

Building the Ship/Bringing History to Life/Filming the Sinking/The Phenomenon/Academy Awards
Old: Not included
New: All 2 page or so sections with all new information and images. Many I had not seen until recently (as in the past week).

Poster
Old: None included
New: Two sided poster with traditional movie poster on one side, flying scene on opposite side.

Prologue
Old: Two page snippet setting up the movie
New: Not Inluded

From here the books match page by page, word by word, picture by picture. They even match on page numbers - so this is where the confusion comes in. On the original book, they had MUCH fewer pages prior to the "meat" of the book where the new book has a ton of more pages and info before the book begins. So yes, the new version is longer but a quick glance won't show you that.

Overall I'm pleased with my purchase. I was hoping for more "new" images but I guess it wouldn't make sense financially to redo the whole book with new imagery.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By matina on July 13, 2012
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It is a very good book and it includes very useful information about titanic!! I recomend the book to every fan of Titanic. The poster is wonderful, too. It is much better than the previous edition.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Zenei on December 3, 2013
Format: Paperback
I was actually trying to find a movie tie-in or novelization of the movie. I think it's rather odd that one of the most popular movies of all time does not have a book when almost every movie out either has a book written from the screenplay or the movie itself was made from a book. I understand that the actual Titanic is a true historical event and as such, numerous books have already been written. However this particular story is centered the romance between Jack and Rose and Rose's vengeful fiance, etc. With the right author, this could be an awesome, not to mention profitable novelization. However since it's already been 16 years since the movie, I guess it's just wishful thinking... :-(
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